Both Norman's Donovan Roberts and Owasso's Keon Hatcher said Garrick McGee was a big reason they chose to commit to Arkansas.
The pair each call McGee more than just a football coach who recruited them. Both refer to McGee, a Tulsa native, as a family friend.
But both said that McGee's leaving his spot as Arkansas' offensive coordinator to take the head coaching job at Alabama-Birmingham wouldn't change their decisions to go to Fayetteville.
“Right off the bat, I felt it was really good for him,” Roberts said. “I was just really, really happy for him. No recruit wants to lose a great coach like he is, but it was the right move for him to make.”
McGee's departure was a bit more of a stumbling block for Hatcher, but he remains committed to Arkansas despite a recent offer from Oklahoma State.
“Me and my parents talked it over, and we still felt like Arkansas was where I should be,” Hatcher said.
McGee, who starred at Tulsa Washington and then at OU, has been a huge part of Arkansas' strong push into Oklahoma in recent years.
The Razorbacks have seven Oklahomans on their roster, including three that started — Broken Arrow's Alvin Bailey, Tulsa Washington's Eric Bennett and Muskogee's Robert Thomas.